3. Jesus Falls for the First TimeOn the third stop along the Via Dolorosa, is where according to belief, Jesus fell for the first time. According to tradition Jesus fell here, for the heavy weight he was carrying on his back, forced by the Romans to carry a cross.
The descriptions of all his falls on his last journey are not mentioned in the New Testament. This is a later tradition that started developing around the 13th century.
On this station there is a small chapel to commemorate this event. Inside you can see a painting of Jesus kneeling under the cross, around him angels are mourning his fate.
The Church belongs to the Armenians, and for many years was maintained by Polish Catholics. The Polish management over the chapel was a on a lease for almost 2,000 years. The connection between Poland and this station was in 1947, when Polish soldiers, living then in the country, donated a few statues to the chapel.
During the Ottoman Empire this chapel became a Muslim wash house.
This station is located right near the Austrian Hospice, at the junction of the Hagai and Via Dolorosa streets, there is also an underground passageway from the chapel to the fourth station where Mary will meet Jesus on his final journey.